Westland District mayor Bruce Smith isn’t buying suggestions that productive farmland at Franz Josef should be abandoned to the flood-prone Waiho River.
New Zealand has been better than Australia at capitalising on the market for boutique foods, according to a top Australian scientist.
Farmers want policy certainty and are petrified about “kneejerk popular politics” similar to what the Government did with the oil and gas industry, says National agriculture spokesman Nathan Guy.
Extension 350 will make a significant difference to the Northland economy over time, says chairman and Northland farmer Ken Hames.
“The huge turnout to our field day has blown me away.”
Overseas visitors are being offered temporary work visas to help pick kiwifruit in Bay of Plenty.
Changing to a more sustainable method of farming will be “in the money” in the long term, but the transition years are uncertain for a traditional farmer, says Weibe Draijer, chairman of Rabobank’s managing board.
The reform of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) need not be radical but there will be some changes, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has indicated.
The rural property market is lacking ‘zing’ despite high primary product prices and low interest rates, says BNZ’s agribusiness report Rural Wrap.
The Government's decision not to proceed with a capital gains tax has been approved by farmers.
The East Coast of the North Island features prominently in this year’s Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award for Sheep and Beef.
Support is growing from farmers all around New Zealand for a petition currently before Parliament for a select committee inquiry into banks’ conduct.
A wicked problem: that’s how the chief science advisor to the Ministry for Primary Industries describes the issue of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as they affect agriculture.
Can changing what New Zealand livestock eat reduce the country’s emissions of methane and nitrous oxide?
Farmers are unsure about what they can and should do to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, says the director of the NZ Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Centre.
DairyNZ Farmers’ Forums start this week with dairy’s future and opportunities heading the agenda.
Farmers who supply high quality and safe milk to Fonterra will now be recognised by the co-op.
Tax implications for farmers receiving big Mycoplasma bovis compensation payments is one of the issues farmers are raising in meetings now underway NZ-wide.
Lamb prices have held up at much stronger levels than expected, says ANZ’s agricultural economist Susan Kilsby.
The Australian government is promising tougher sanctions against animal activists.
Ag Minister Damien O’Connor has warned farmers that if they don’t take account of climate change in their production systems they could be jeopardising access to major markets.
A field day at historic Gwavas Station, Tikokino in Central Hawke’s Bay this week attracted a good crowd of people keen to see why this property is a finalist in this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy for excellence in Māori sheep and beef farming.
Federated Farmers says it is disappointed an exemption won’t be made for farmers who need semi-automatic rifles for pest control.
Farmers say unless further changes are made to the Arms Amendment Bill, pests will be the winners and the environment will be the losers.